Quotes From Dirk Koetter's Monday Press Conference

Sept. 4, 2006

Coach Koetter's Monday Press Conference

 

On Nevada's Offense...

 

'Coach [Chris] Ault has been at Nevada for 31 years.  Coach Ault is an excellent offense coach.  He runs a shotgun offense with a quarterback out four yards with a tail back another three yards behind him.  They have really good players.  We tried to recruit their quarterback [Jeff Rowe].  Their tight ends and receivers are good.' 

 

On ASU's defense against NAU...

 

'You don't get nine sacks if you don't do any type of swarming.  We probably should have 13 or 14 sacks against NAU.  NAU had about 325 yards in total offense.  NAU had 180 yards on three plays.  They had the 80-yard pass, which is a total abomination on our part.  They catch us substituting and they threw that bubble screen for sixty yards which is bad on our coaching part, trying to sub while they have their offense on the field.  And then they threw that other alley-oop pass in the third quarter.  You take those three plays away; they have like 150 yards of offense.  [NAU quarterback] Jason Murietta is an excellent competitor and a tough guy.  We are just going to see a much better offense this week.  We are going to see two really good running backs who can run the ball down hill.  They have a lot better plan of running the football.  Our defense didn't know we were going to blitz NAU as much as we did but since they couldn't stop our blitz, Bill [Miller, ASU's defensive coordinator] kept calling it.  Sometimes we sacked them.  Sometimes we missed them.  Any team in the country, not just ArizonaState, I wouldn't draw too many conclusions about them after the first week of play.' 

 

On preparing for Nevada...

 

'You can compare the game this year to a game last year and see if it is the same or not the same.  Every team is going to make some subtle changes in the off-season, us included.  Hopefully that should help a lot.  Every team is going tweak their game plan from week to week, as we are.  Nevada played to win in their conference game.  They played an excellent second half.  I thought they were going to win.  That was a nice comeback against a really good FresnoState team.  Nevada and Fresno State are two good teams.'

 

On Nevada's Head Coach Chris Ault...

 

'Coach Ault would be the equivalent to Nevada of what Frank Kush is to the ASU program.  I think he was been there for 31 years.  He was there when I was a player.  They dominated the Big Sky conference for years and then they moved up to Division 1-A and be became the athletic director for several years.  I think this is his third stint back at head coach.  I've known Coach Ault for a long time. we were in the same league when I was a player.  He built that program, their stadium and their facilities.  It would be very much the same as if Coach Kush was still coaching at ArizonaState. I know Coach Ault off the field as well.  They guy is a tremendous competitor.  When they showed him at the game on TV, you could see he was coaching it to the bitter end.' 

 

On ASU's safeties...

 

'Nevada is going to try the run the ball on you.  They want to run the ball at you.  They do a great job with their use of formations.  They have a little unbalanced formation that gives you some problems.  They cover up one of their wide outs and have a tight end wing out on the side.  They are going to make you defend the run.  Josh [Barrett] and Zach [Catanese] are going to have to get involved.  They are no defenses that are going to stop the run with out the use of safeties.  No one has a defense like that.'

 

On wide receiver Jamaal Lewis...

 

'Jamaal is going to continue on indefinite suspension.  As you can imagine with the holiday weekend it is difficult for us to get the details.  We are pursuing the details.  It's difficult to get the information we need.  In the meantime, Jamaal will continue to be suspended.  He will not play in this game.  He will be limited to scout team play until we can get further information find out where we are at.'

 

On defensive end Tranell Morant...

 

'Tranell Morant worked out and practiced on Saturday.  He moved around pretty well.  I would be optimistic to say that Tranell might have a chance to play this week.'

 

On defensive end Loren Howard...

 

'Loren Howard got an MRI on his quadricep last week.  Based on what the doctors are saying right now.  He is going to have one full week on inactivity.  He is not going to do anything this week.  He is not going to rehab or do anything.  They are going to get that thing scar down a little bit more.  We'll take it week by week.  Based on how well he does, I could see him in the rotation and getting him some time.  It depends if does well in practice and that injury continues to bother him.'

 

On defensive end Kyle Caldwell...

 

'We are past the point of holding our breath every time Kyle falls down, wondering if he's going to get up?  Kyle came out of it fine.  He ran hard.  We had that practice on Saturday and he ran hard and ran in the main group.  We are way past the point where we always had one eye on Kyle to see if he is headed over to the trainer's area and all this year he hasn't been doing that.  We are 30-plus practices into it by now, that's totally a thing of the past.  Kyle had a nice sack that first series down by the three-yard line.  Kyle played tough all night, he had about 38 plays the whole game.  I think he had the second most production points on the defensive line, next to Will Kofe.  I thought he did a nice job. '

 

On ASU's running game...

 

'That first drive was very disappointing when we got that turnover.  We were first-and-goal on the four yard line and we gained two yards on the play.  On second-and-goal an offensive lineman missed his block.  It should have been a walk in touch down.  On third down I think the running back had his eyes closed because it should have been a walk in touch down.  All he had to do was bounce it six inches and he would have gone into the end zone untouched.  On fourth down we had another offensive lineman miss his assignment.  It is just inexcusable for us to do that in four chances inside the one.  It happened.  Rudy [Carpenter] was looking at the whole series like, `You going to call the play action?'  I wasn't going to call it.  I'm not afraid to throw it on the goal like.  I'll throw it on the goal line 50 times in a row but we should be able to run the ball in from first and goal on the four against NAU.  Plain and simple.  As the game wore on we ran the ball better and better.  We used four tailbacks.  I purposely tried to spread the carries out.  I could have had one guy carry it 28 times for 150 yards but those running backs take a pounding.  We are going to need all four of those backs over the course of the season.  We spread it out.  I thought they all did some good things and some not so good things.'

 

On punter Jonathan Johnson...

 

'Jonathan Johnson got the game ball on special teams.  We are a directional punting team, and he had three out of his four punts placed perfectly.  According to Coach Oz [special teams coach Tom Osborne] his hang time was at 5.0 on one of the punts, which is unheard of.  I think all of them were is the 4.6-4.7 range in hang time.  He did kick the ball further than he did in practice.  His get off times were all under two seconds and all of his hang times were between 4.6 something and 5.0 flat.  We'll take that any day of the week, even if it is a 40-yard punt instead of a 49-yarder.  That's why he's here.  He is one of those guys who was kicking really well in practice.  Just like [linebacker] Derron Ware has been playing well in practice.  You expect guys who are playing well in practice to carry it over to the game.  Jonathan did that.'

 

 

 

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